Thanking people is important to me. I am very thankful for you, my wonderful readers who stop by and take time to read my posts. As a parent with three children, all now in their teen years, I am very grateful to all the teachers who have taught and nurtured them over the years. As the Summer term comes to a close I have created this Thanking Teacher Cupcakes recipe as a way to say thank you for all of their dedicated work.
Thanking Teacher Cupcakes a delicious light vanilla sponge, with added chocolate chips. Chocolate buttercream is then swirled on top and they are decorated with Elizabeth Shaw wrapped mint milk chocolate crisps!
I know that for most of the country, these past few days have been extremely hot. You will be relieved to know that these Thanking Teacher Cupcakes are very easy and quick to make, so the oven won’t be on for too long!
Making these Thanking Teacher Cupcakes is something you can do with your children and they make a unique homemade gift.
I have friends and family that are teachers and whilst they all really appreciate the gifts they are given, sometimes they receive enough bubble bath to see them through the year.
So send in a batch of these delicious cupcakes and everyone in the staff room can have a treat with their morning cuppa at break time.
Recipe: Makes 15-18 Thanking Teacher Cupcakes
175g/6oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature
175g/6oz Caster Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
3 Free Range Large Eggs
175g/6oz Plain Flour
1.5tsp Baking Powder
2tbsp Milk – Whole or Semi Skimmed
100g/4oz Milk Chocolate Chips or Chunks
For the buttercream:
200g/7oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature
350g/12oz Plain Icing Sugar – sifted
50g/2oz Cocoa Powder – sifted
2tbsp Very Hot Water
Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3
- Line 2 deep 12 hole cupcake/muffin tins with 18 cupcake cases.
- Into a large bowl add the sugar, salt and butter.
- Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
- Add the vanilla, eggs, milk and sift in the flour and baking powder.
- Whisk/beat on a low speed until all the ingredients have just combined.
- Add the chocolate chips/chunks and fold into the cake batter using a spoon.
- Divide the cake batter evenly between the cupcake cases, so that the cases are half full. My cases are very deep, you may easily get 18 cupcakes from the batter.
- Place the trays in the middle and lower half of the oven and bake for 25-30minutes. Mine took 30 minutes exactly.
- The cupcakes are baked when they are a light golden brown and spring back when pressed lightly.
- Once baked remove the cupcakes from the oven.
- Leave the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, so that you don’t burn yourself and then remove and place on a cooling rack.
Making the buttercream:
- In the bowl containing the sifted icing sugar and cocoa add the butter and hot water.
- Slowly whisk until all of the ingredients are combined and then increase the whisk speed to high. Continue whisking for 5 minutes, the buttercream will have doubled in size and be lighter in colour.
- You can spoon some chocolate buttercream on to the cupcakes, or for a pretty finish, fit a piping bag with a large star tip.
- Fill the piping bag with the chocolate buttercream and pipe swirls and roses on to the top of the cupcakes.
- Now all you need to do is adorn them with the chocs! I think the beautiful blue colour looks so pretty against the chocolate background.
Pack the cupcakes into specially designed cupcake boxes, available from good cake decorating shops and online, or pack them into saved Christmas sweet/biscuit tins. You could even decorate the tins with tissue paper and ribbon. I’ll leave that to you though. Arts and crafts are definitely not my gifts!!!
These Thanking Teacher Cupcakes are a wonderful way to say thank you to all the teachers that dedicate so much of their time and energy whilst educating our children.
They would also make a great gift for nurses and doctors, who have looked after a loved one whilst in hosptial, the vetinary surgery who have cared for your pets. Whoever you want to thank, these cupcakes really do make a wonderful gift.
Thank you teachers and all the support staff that work so hard in our schools.
If you have enjoyed these Thanking Teacher Cupcakes here are some other recipes you might like:
Only a couple of days until the school summer holidays. I don’t know about you, but I love having my children – now in their teens – at home.
They seem to spend such a lot of time at school/college and then working on homework in the evenings. It’s a great opportunity to chill out, throw the rules out of the window, fill the huge inflatable pool and enjoy feasting and having fun as a family.
Whatever the summer holds for you, enjoy the longer days, open windows and bird song. Take time to watch the butterflies and bees fly and flutter about their buisiness. Enjoy this beautiful world that we live in.